Thursday, March 5, 2009

Mihaly And Chuck

How many people find wisdom in both Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Chuck Norris? I can find wisdom in the writings of Mr. Csikszentmihalyi, but I do not find wisdom in the writings of Chuck Norris. Apparently Paul B. Farrell thinks that both men impart wisdom. This makes me doubt the wisdom of Paul B. Farrell.

From The Zen Millionaire's 14 secrets to happiness by Paul B. Farrell:

4. Happiness is getting lost in whatever you're doing

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi looks more like Engelbrecht's jolly St Nick than a psych professor. In Martin Seligman's "Authentic Happiness," Mihaly says: "Isn't it funny? I've been studying happiness for at least 40 years, but I still don't have a definition of it. The closest one would be that happiness is the state of mind in which one does not desire to be in any other state. Being deeply involved in the moment, we do not have the opportunity to think about anything but the task at hand -- hence, by default, we are happy."

5. Happiness is getting into action and doing what's right

In "The Secret Power Within: Zen Solutions to Real Problems," Chuck Norris says: "At heart, we all want the same thing, whether we call it 'enlightenment,' 'happiness' or 'love.' Too many people spend their lives waiting for that something to arrive -- and that's not the Zen way. Zen is always on the side of action, always on the side of doing what is necessary and right."
Does Chuck Norris even understand Zen? Perhaps he needs to kick a little less and meditate a little more.

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